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Democracy's Victory and Crisis


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  • Page extent: 442 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.76 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 321.8
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: JC421 .N63 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Democracy--Congresses
    • Economic development--Congresses
    • World politics--1989- --Congresses

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521573115 | ISBN-10: 0521573114)

The contributors to this volume, first published in 1997, address questions central to the development and survival of democratic rule. Brought together under the auspices of a Nobel Symposium on democracy, leading experts in the field examine historical experiences, social and cultural problems, economic development, constitutional issues, the impact of globalization, and the prospects for promoting democratic government. The coverage of the book is global, and the approach is multidisciplinary, providing a unique perspective from leading historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists. The chapters thus provide an excellent survey of different facets of, and approaches to, democracy, including such fundamental issues as the nature of democratic citizenship, and its prevalence around the world; the relationship between economic development and the progress of democracy; and the influence of international interdependence on sovereignty and democratic accountability.

• Collection of essays covering the fundamental questions regarding the prospects for democracy • Global coverage, and multidisciplinary approach - political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists • Contributors include some of the biggest names in the field: Elster, Linz, Przeworski, Lijphart, Bhagwati, Schmitter


1. Victory and crisis: introduction Axel Hadenius; Part I. Historical Perspectives: 2. The new democracies in crisis in interwar Europe Fritz Stern; Part II. Cultural Aspects: 3. Bowling alone: democracy in America at the end of the twentieth century Robert D. Putnam; 4. On sources of social and political conflicts in follower democracies Atul Kohli; 5. Micro-aspects of democractic theory: what makes for the deliberative competence of citizens Claus Offe; 6. Political Islam and democracy: the case of Algeria Lahouari Addi; Part III. Constitutional Questions: 7. Ways of constitution-making Jon Elster; 8. Back to basics: who really practices majority rule? Arend Lijphart; Part IV. Democracy and Development: 9. Democracy and development Adam Przeworski and Fernando Limongi; 10. Freedom and economic growth: a virtuous cycle? Surjit S. Bhalla; 11. Democratization and administration Göran Hydén; Part V. Democracy and Globalization: 12. Globalization sovereignty and democracy Jagdish Bhagwati; 13. Dangerous liaisons: the interface of globalization and democracy Claude Ake; 14. Exploring the problematic triumph of liberal democracy and concluding with a modest proposal for improving its international impact Philippe C. Schmitter; Part IV. Promoting Democracy: 15. Promoting democracy in the 1990s: actors instruments and issues Larry Diamond; 16. Can established democracies nurture democracy abroad? Lessons from Africa Joel D. Barkan; 17. Some thoughts on the victory and future of democracy Juan J. Linz.


Axel Hadenius, Fritz Stern, Robert D. Putnam, Atul Kohli, Claus Offe, Lahouari Addi, Jon Elster, Arend Lijphart, Adam Przeworski, Fernando Limongi, Surjit S. Bhalla, Göran Hydén, Jagdish Bhagwati, Claude Ake, Philippe C. Schmitter, Larry Diamond, Joel D. Barkan, Juan J. Linz

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